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They're public streets, not private property

Editor:

I fully support Jack Karmel’s concern about restricting parking at trailheads. (Park Record 8/20/08).

Public roads belong to the public for driving and for parking not to residents that want to treat public streets as their private property.

Jay Frankenfield

Salt Lake City

Times change, and so do traffic patterns

Editor:

Mr. Karmel’s guest editorial was very interesting, yet speaks to a time which is long gone in Park City.

When we first moved here, there were hardly any homes. People and dogs could park and roam wherever they wished. Unfortunately, those days are gone forever.

Many new homes and condos have been built next to these roads and we need to be able to drive safely to our destinations. If people park on these roads as they used to, two cars cannot drive safely on the road. If they get out of their cars, and start talking and taking off their bicycles, the oncoming traffic is obstructed and so is the our lane.

If Mr. Karmel is here to get exercise as he claims, why doesn’t he park at the Park City Resort and walk or bike the short distance to the Spiro trail? It couldn’t be more than 1/4 of a mile from the trailhead.

Three Kings Drive is a very small two-lane road and cannot accommodate people and trucks parking and speeding on the street. We do not have an abundance of speed signs and bumps like the rest of Park City, but we should be accorded the same safety rights as the rest of the town receives.

We who have chosen to live in Thaynes Canyon wish to have the same peace and quiet that Mr. Karmel I’m sure has on his street. I know he wouldn’t like all these cars parked in front of his home. I know he would like to be able to drive safely on his street and not have to wait for people to get out of the road.

Have you noticed all the Speed Limit and No Parking signs all over Deer Valley and Park Meadows now? Everything changes when civilization arrives. When we came to Park City, there was only one traffic light from Kimball Junction to Kearns Boulevard. Can you imagine that now?

We only wish that everyone also respect our neighborhood. Don’t come speeding down Three Kings Drive as if it were the Park City Race Track, and don’t park your cars and trucks and walk or picnic on our lawns as if it was part of the mountain. Don’t leave your truck or car engines running while you wait. The fumes are intolerable! We too, should be accorded the same safety, environmental and privacy laws as the rest of Park City.

I agree that life was a lot freer back then and I miss it myself, but time and development marches on! We need to accommodate and realize that nothing stays the same!

Josephine Janger Park City

For local jailbirds, it was time well spent

Editor:

The March of Dimes recently held a successful Jail & Bail in Park City on June 17, 2008. We wish to thank and acknowledge Tana Toly of The Red Banjo who generously offered their restaurant for our fundraising event. Our Jail & Bail was a wonderful fundraiser because of the kind and supportive people in the Park City area.

As you know, the March of Dimes is committed to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. We would also like to extend a big "THANK YOU" to all the "Jailbirds" in your community who did time for the March of Dimes. They spent time behind bars to support the future of all babies. We hope they had as much fun as we did! We look forward to continuing our relationship with the people of Park City for years to come. Thanks for all your help!

Cindy Woolley

Community director, The March of Dimes Utah Chapter

Concert series is something to savor

Editor:

Congratulations and thanks to Mountain Town Stages and the Canyon Resort for a wonderful summer of free concerts!

What a beautiful, unique experience it is to ride the Gondola, taking in the amazing views of Park City and then enjoying great music at the venue. Families conversing, laughing, dancing and having a great relaxing Saturday evening. And it’s FREE!

These are the promoters and organizers that help make Park City the special place that it is. See you next year.

Sheri Marr

Park City

Habitat Luau was a great success

Editor:

Thanks so much to the Park City/Summit County community for making the Habitat Hawaiian Luau a great success and lots of fun. I would especially like to thank our generous major sponsors including Overstock.com, Enterprise, Fischer Foundation/The Yard, Park City Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Shindig Marketing, Miller, Vance, Thompson, and The Park Record, and our great guests, committee members and volunteers for making the event fabulous. Those who helped us relocate when the weather took a downturn deserve extra kudos!

Thanks again,

Julie Bernhard

Executive director

Habitat, Summit & Wasatch

Marathon was one for the record books

Editor:

The 12th annual Park City Marathon and Half Marathon was one for the record books. The men’s course record was demolished. The participant roster was the biggest ever. And the volunteers? Simply spectacular. The glowing report one heard repeatedly at the finish line was in regard to the fantastic volunteers along the course who directed traffic, handed out drinks and tiny sandwiches, and placed cool washcloths in the hands of the tired and sore.

Parkites are proud of their town, and it certainly shows during an event like this. The race course is unique and capitalizes on the beauty we have in abundance. Mural-painted tunnels, wooden boardwalks over wetlands, the juxtaposition of charming Old Town and the McMansions of Deer Valley we showcase it all, and keep the runners entertained as they navigate 13 or 26 miles to the finish at the dramatic architecture of the Snyderville Basin Fieldhouse.

A hearty thank you to our 150 volunteers. Without you we wouldn’t be us. Plan on joining the fun next year.

Jolie McTavish

Race director,

on behalf of the Park City Marathon Organizing Committee

Olympics recognized totalitarian regime

Editor:

I was mesmerized at the militaristic precision with which the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Games were conducted. It gave me pause to conjecture that such military precision could only be achieved in a totalitarian state like the Peoples Republic of China. It brought back memories of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in which 65 million people perished, an event which induced the fear to perform precisely today in the minds of the performers. Not well-known is that the first American to die at the hands of Mao’s thugs was Capt. John Birch, an intelligence analyst for General Claire Chennault’s Flying Tigers.

The Chinese regime is still officially communist, even though the totalitarian "ism" called communism has been responsible for the deaths of over 100 million innocent human beings during the last century.

It is hard to imagine that the 1972 Munich Olympic Games would have been held there if Germany had still glorified Hitler in 1972. Yet the 2008 games were held in China despite its continued glorification of Mao.

The president of the United States, by his presence and his silence, extended the hand of friendship and legitimacy to the Chinese communists at the Beijing Olympic Games. I think that Americans should be outraged.

Frank M. Pelteson Las Vegas, Nev.


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